Jake Brow

Jake Brow

Kettle Moraine, Boundary Waters, Devils Lake, Porcupine Mountains, Tasmania, Apostles, Da UP.

Jake Brow's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Jake Brow's Bio

If I could canoe every day of my life I would. However, there would be little time left for climbing, backpacking, riding, skiing and running. Also my partners would probably start to hate me. So I spread myself around several outdoor activities.

I think everyone should hear a yuuper talk, at least once, in their life.

I think everyone should experience the serenity of a Northern Wisconsin winter.

I think everyone should feel the joy from the end of hoofing a Duluth pack down a 191 rod portage.

Running out of gas isn't the worst thing in the world, running out of matches is. Bring a flint.

Sorry California, Wisco is the dairy state.

There is never going to be one perfect trip, they're all perfect. When your outdoors doing something you love, explain to me how things could get any better. Life is amazing, you just have to let it happen. Let go, and let love.


*I'll only be posting on equipment that I own and have used, or my brother owns and I've stolen to use, or things I've used through my local bike/ski/climb shop*

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Jake Brow wrote a review of on October 25, 2011

5 5

So when Pata had their 50% off sale a month or so back, I went to order the duck shorts. The girl on the phone told me they were out of stock, and my heart sank. She recommended these, and I asked if I'd love them as much as the duck shorts. She said yes, and I took her word for it. Long story short I'm quite glad that I made the purchase because these things rock. My jealous friends make fun of my legs, as the shorts are a little short. They're super durable, but not heavy like carhartt. They're reasonably quick drying, but not like swimtrunks. All around they are my go to shorts. I love being able to climb in em all day, and then head to the pub for a couple beers and not have to change shorts.

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Jake Brow wrote a review of on October 25, 2011

5 5

So when Pata had their 50% off sale a month or so back, I went to order the duck shorts. The girl on the phone told me they were out of stock, and my heart sank. She recommended these, and I asked if I'd love them as much as the duck shorts. She said yes, and I took her word for it. Long story short I'm quite glad that I made the purchase because these things rock. My jealous friends make fun of my legs, as the shorts are a little short. They're super durable, but not heavy like carhartt. They're reasonably quick drying, but not like swimtrunks. All around they are my go to shorts. I love being able to climb in em all day, and then head to the pub for a couple beers and not have to change shorts.

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Jake Brow wrote a review of on May 29, 2011

5 5

I bought these on a deep, deep discount and couldn't pass up the deal, not because I needed another pair of shorts. Well, I'm quite glad I made that purchase. These shorts have found their way to the top of my favorite list, and are worn on a ridiculous basis. They're lightweight, but not filmsy. They're short, but not tooo short and hang above your knee which I like for mobility. They're quickdrying, but not swimsuit material. They have two zippered pockets, perfect for essentials. They even have this nifty chalkbag attachment loop at the back beltloop which is kinda handy if I used a beener to secure my bag. I can't say enough good bout these shorts. They do their job, and more.

I wear 32 in pretty much all pants/shorts except MH, and these 32s fit me great.

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Jake Brow wrote a review of on May 18, 2011

4 5

I bought this cause it was reasonably cheap for all the features, and I wanted an altimeter to wear on my wrist. The altimeter works great, as does the compass. The time and stopwatch also work great, and the thermometer does too, as long as you take it off your wrist for ten minutes or so. The barometer does what its supposed to, by graphing barometric pressure changes, but the little icon that shows you what the expected weather is supposed to be is worthless. Shows sun when its pouring rain, and continued to pour rain. It showed clouds while the skies were blue, and things like that. So, the watch does what its supposed to do, with one minor flaw. I do like the thing though, as some altimeters are bulky and huge and just look dumb on your wrist. Not this one! And, the face is pretty scratch resistant. All around a pretty decent little contraption.

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Jake Brow wrote a review of on April 20, 2011

5 5

After going through several pairs of gaiters that didn't cost as much, I decided to drop the dollars on these. I expected standard MTH quality, and that is what I got. These gaiters are quite durable, resisting shredding from crampons & rocks. They're really quite waterproof, no snow or dew or rain has penetrated the actual gaiter. They're quite breathable, yet also pretty windproof. They snug down great on the top of the boot, and also up on your calf.
I've only worn them a couple times, but I expect to get much life out of them. Now my brother just needs a pair so he can stop stealing mine.....

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Jake Brow wrote a review of on April 12, 2011

5 5

I think Tony the Tiger was wearing these shorts when he would talk about how grrrrrreat "they" were. Lets be real, these shorts are way better than frosted flakes.

The shorts are really light, but quite durable. Great to climb in, and hike in, and paddle in, and toss the frisbee in, and dance at concerts in.

I'm not the most buff guy in the world, but my legs definitely are not twigs and I'm definitely okay with the fit of these pants. If you are like most Americans, you may have an issue.

These shorts dry really really quickly, have zip pockets which rock, and are 'teryx quality. I expect to get many many years of use out of these guys. You can't go wrong.

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Jake Brow wrote a review of on March 30, 2011

4 5

This is a pretty straightforward device, and I can't believe more people haven't reviewed it. High friction mode has just enough extra bite, and the standard mode is like any other tube device out there. Lead falls are caught nicely with the toothed side, and lowering is pretty straighforward. IMO should be on everyones rack as another option.

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Jake Brow wrote a review of on March 30, 2011

5 5

Overall a better version of the already great grigri. It is definitely designed for use with smaller ropes, a 9.6, 9.8 & 10.1 worked really quite well, fed very easily and also caught very well. Just like another poster noticed, beefy gym rope, 10.5, worked well enough, but it was a bit of an effort to pull slack through. TR with the burly I'll stick to the original, but on a lead belay you can't beat this. The lowering is also quite nice, its very easy to find the sweet spot, and lower your climber nice and controlled. Although that is the job of any belayer....

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Jake Brow wrote a review of on March 24, 2011

5 5

Well, when I go out for longer, agressive trips I really like the benefits that liners give. Helps protect your feet against blistering, and helps to keep tape snugged up on your ankles. I don't really need to wear em in cold weather, but I'm sure for some there is a benefit. All around, a nice sock to keep in your drawer. It'll get used.

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Jake Brow wrote a review of on March 21, 2011

5 5

You know, I can't tell if Darn Tough has good or bad business practice. I buy a pair and they last for six years, and I wear them tons! I buy a dozen more over the course of six years, and not a single pair has given me issues! (except one pair I was drying too close to the fire in the Boundary Waters and they caught on fire... my bad!) so how are they supposed to stay in business if I only need to buy new ones to replace ones that my dumb self ruins? They should rebrand their company "pretty tough" and make some average socks, I betcha they'd sell more! Man, I love these. I have a pair on right now!

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Jake Brow wrote a review of on March 21, 2011

5 5

Well sure shootin, these here wollen beauties live upter their name! Bought mah first pair in 2006, wore 'em skiin and trompin around Wiscow. Bought mahself a couple more pairs ta head up to Canada for mah first 10day packabackin trip, and I've still got all for pairs! I've taken this one red pair on every overnight excursion since then, I kint even imagine how menny miles they've been worn. I just love em. Sure nuff, these socks are dern tuff! They've not let any threads loose, they don't stink up yer pack like other brands and they're just so comfy.

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Jake Brow wrote a review of on March 14, 2011

5 5

This is a fantastic jacket! Many well thought out features include the chimney vent thing to help keep you cool, the mesh upper back and the thin lower back. It doesn't sit very high like a lot of yak specific jackets do, yet it fits in teeny cockpits. The mesh pockets hold a beer perfectly too! I would recommend this pfd for sure!

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Jake Brow wrote a review of on March 1, 2011

5 5

So merino is probably my favorite base layer material out there, and this is more proof of why. You get what you pay for here, a super functional top. It doesn't hold smell, or moisture. It wicks dry SO quickly, and if you get a little warm, zip open the chest and heat blows right out. I've said it before, sheep are lucky.

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Jake Brow wrote a review of on February 28, 2011

5 5

Man, you get what you pay for. I balked at the price, but after I climbed just a couple of routes I was more than sold on these shoes. I feel like Spiderman with these on! I sized down quite a bit, my other climbing shoes are 41.5 but I went with a 40 on these. I don't need another pair of comfy all day shoes, I wanted something agressive to wear on overhangs and bouldering, and these are the shoes. They stick to the wall very well, keep my heel locked into the shoes and can find traction on the smallest crack or toe chip. I wouldn't buy these for your first pair of rock shoes, but if you are looking to upgrade, these have gotta be it. I am a little confused with the lacing system though, there isn't quite enough to do a full bunny loop knot, so I just wrap a quick square knot. Dunno if thats how they were intended, but thats what I'm doing...

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